Jubilee flowers stolen outside St Pius Church in Grimsby
RESIDENTS have vowed to keep looking on the bright side after thieves stole their jubilee flowers.
A flower planter outside St Pius Church on Grimsby's Chelmsford Avenue had been decorated with flowers in the national colours of red, white and blue.
But thieves stole them in the run-up to the neighbourhood's entry in the Grimsby In Bloom competition.
It was one of a catalogue of acts which has setback members of the Chelmsford Avenue Neighbourhood Watch Action Group.
They are also counting the cost of vandalism in the wildlife garden, which has a pond and is a natural habitat to newts.
But the pond was filled in with debris overnight between Sunday and Monday.
Chairman of the residents' Action Group Trevor Harrison said the newts had been killed as a result.
He said: "I think it is adults who were responsible, not kids. It's the same with the flowers.
"They have been stolen for someone's own display. Kids would just sling them around.
"But it isn't them this time because they appreciate what we are doing for the area.
"Adults have been spotted around the planters, but by the time we get there they have gone."
Mr Harrison said the flowers had been planted at a cost of £80 and about £100 worth of lavender plants were stolen from the wildlife garden.
Apple trees have also been damaged.
Mr Harrison said: "Whoever is doing this is not giving any consideration to the people in our neighbourhood.
"They must think it is done by the council.
"They do not realise this is all done by the residents for the residents.
"We hold coffee mornings, car boot sales and rely upon private donations to raise money for the project."
He estimated about £900 had been raised.
The chairman said: "Since we started four years ago it has brought the community together more.
"We are not going to be put off.
"We have got plans for more hanging baskets on each of the 17 lampposts in the street and we want to have raised flower beds around the trees.
"It has made the area much more attractive and we have had someone move into the area because she thought it was so pretty."
Organisers are busy preparing for the tour by In Bloom judges on July 3.
Mr Harrison appealed to anyone who knows who took the plants or caused vandalism to contact him on 01472 329330.